Peruvian voters elect country's first trans council member

Published: October 10, 2014

Washington Blade
MIchael K. Lavers

A Peruvian LGBT rights advocate on Oct. 5 became the first out transgender person elected to a public office in the conservative South American country.

Luisa Revilla Urcia won a seat on the local council in La Esperanza in the province of Trujillo in northwestern Peru. She was among the candidates from the Regional Movement for Development with Honesty and Security who ran in local elections.
“I will execute my office with great humility and tenacity,” Revilla told the Washington Blade on Thursday.
Revilla, 43, told Correo, a Peruvian newspaper, her platform includes the construction of a home for people living with HIV/AIDS.
“I am going to promote equality and I will say no to discrimination,” she said. “We want everyone to have equal access, to succeed and to achieve their goals. When there is no discrimination, there is pacification. Infrastructure and modernity is important, but promoting values and showing concern for the people matters even more.”

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